Recently, I've had a couple people who are consistently requesting (actually pleading) "could we PLEASE sing (this) song for praise service (or choir) tonight?"
I'm open to hearing what songs people have on their hearts and I've tried to oblige them and work it into the repertoire for that service but it's getting to the place where it does not leave freedom for me to be the director and feel after what the Spirit is leading. For this next service they've already pleaded with me to choose a particular song for choir and now a particular song for worship. Sometimes it does not fit in with the direction I'm feeling to go in music or the songs I already have picked out.
I responded and told them I'd pray about it and see if it fits in with the songs I already have chosen but did not give them a definite answer.
How would you or do you respond to people like that?